SANTA ANITA SPRING MEET SUMMARY

2019 Santa Anita Spring Media Poll

34 Racing Days, April 12 through June 23

Horse of Meet: Vino Rosso, winner of Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita

Sprinter: Mucho Gusto, winner of Grade III Lazaro Barrera & Grade III Affirmed Stakes

Older Horse: Vino Rosso                                                                               

Older Filly/Mare: Vasilika, winner of Grade I Gamely Stakes

Claimer: Zuzanna, winner of two out of three Spring starts

Grass Horse: Bolo, winner of Grade I Shoemaker Mile

Grass Filly/Mare: Vasilika

3-Year-Old: Mucho Gusto

3-Year-Old Filly: My Majestic Rose, winner of Grade II Summertime Oaks

Trainer: Doug O’Neill, led all conditioners with 23 wins

Jockey: Flavien Prat, led all riders with 23 wins

Apprentice: Jorge Velez, leading “bug boy” with nine wins

Race: Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita

OwnerReddam Racing, LLC

Achievement: Rafael Bejarano, 4,000 career wins.

CALIFORNIA-BRED ACCLIMATE GOES GATE TO WIRE UNDER GARCIA TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH; TRAINED BY D’AMATO, HE GETS 1 ¾ MILES ON TURF IN 2:48.80

CALIFORNIA-BRED ACCLIMATE GOES GATE TO WIRE UNDER GARCIA TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH; TRAINED BY D’AMATO, HE GETS 1 ¾ MILES ON TURF IN 2:48.80 

     ARCADIA, Calif. (June 23, 2019)–In sharp recent form and blessed with an abundance of natural speed, California-bred Acclimate took six rivals on a merry chase that resulted in a stirring half length victory in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old gelding by Acclamation got the marathon mile and three quarters on turf in 2:48.80.

Fresh off a gate to wire victory in a 1 1/8 mile turf starter allowance on May 31, Acclimate broke sharply and was immediately under a snug hold down the hill and enjoyed a three-length advantage heading into the Club House turn.  With favored Causeforcommotion beginning to tire in second position,  Garcia let out a notch a quarter mile from home and Acclimate enjoyed a three length advantage over eventual runner-up Oscar Dominguez a furlong from home en route to a hard fought win.

Off at 9-1, Acclimate paid $21.00, $8.60 and $4.40.

“It was all in the instruction Phil gave me,” said Garcia.  “He said, ‘Just break, take the lead and don’t look back.  He has natural speed and he is going to handle (the distance) no problem.  When I asked him, he just responded and they never caught me.”

Owned by the Ellwood Johnston Trust and Timmy Time Racing, Acclimate, who is out of the Boundary mare Know No Bounds, was bred by the Johnston family’s Old English Rancho, Sal Berumen and Patsy Berumen.  A winner in his first stakes appearance, Acclimate is now 14-5-1-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he has earnings of $175,521.

“When this horse gets comfortable, he keeps clipping those steady fractions,” said D’Amato.  “Even though he was going fast, he was kind of doing it the right way.  He didn’t look like he was all out.  I knew they were coming to him at the half mile pole and Martin kind of turned him loose and he opened up again…Hat’s off to Martin.  He rode a brilliant race.”

Irish-bred Oscar Dominguez, next to last early, rallied strongly but was second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Red King.  Off at 5-2, Oscar Dominguez paid $4.00 and $3.20.

Red King never threatened and finished 5 ¼ lengths in front of stablemate Ya Gotta Wanna, the third D’Amato-trained horse in the San Juan. Off at 7-1 with Aaron Gryder, Red King paid $5.40 to show.

Fractions on the race, all set by the winner, were 22.26, 46.10, 1:09.76, 1:34.95, 1:59.86 and 2:24.10.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, June 23
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $43,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $65,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Siren Lure S. $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $65,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 American S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Melair S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $65,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 San Juan Capistrano S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $65,000 Overnight Overnight

 

RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES

OUR SILVER OAK RALLIES TO WIN $200,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES BY A HEAD UNDER SMITH; UNUSUAL HEAT GELDING PROVIDES WONG WITH FIRST SANTA ANITA STAKES VICTORY AS HE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:50.04  

RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2019)–Based at Golden Gate Fields, Our Silver Oak rallied from off the pace and outran a determined Irish Heatwave to prevail by a head in Saturday’s $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mike Smith, the 3-year-old Unusual Heat gelding provided trainer Jonathan Wong with his first Santa Anita stakes win by traversing a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:50.04.

Named for the Mel Stute-conditioned California-bred son of Reflected Glory, who was named Eclipse Champion 3-year-old male of 1986, the Snow Chief Stakes is part of the lucrative Golden State Series. Sponsored by the CTBA, the Golden State series is for California-bred or sired horses.

Breaking from the rail in a field of nine California-bred or sired sophomores, Our Silver Oak was in the two-path around the Club House turn and although he was next to last at the five furlong pole, he was full of run as Smith began working his way towards to the front of the pack.  Fifth turning for home, Our Silver Oak wheeled about four-deep heading into the stretch and kept to his task in game fashion.

“I had a really, really good trip, even though the horse was really tough to saddle and my saddle did start to move back in the paddock before we came out,” said Smith, who was riding Our Silver Oak for the first time. “But I didn’t want to go over there (to re-saddle) and get him all riled up.  It wasn’t bad enough where I couldn’t ride him as hard as I want to, but I didn’t need to, so it worked out good.”

Most recently second, beaten a nose by Irish Heatwave in the state-bred Silky Sullivan Stakes at one mile over the Golden Gate turf on April 28, Our Silver Oak, who is out of the Alphabet Soup mare Strawberry Flash and was bred in California by CHRB Commissioner Madeline Auerbach, was off as the 2-1 favorite and paid $6.00, $3.20 and $2.60.

Owned by Robert Jones, Michael Nentwig and Ray Pagano, Our Silver Oak notched his first stakes win and improved his overall mark to 11-2-4-2. With the winner’s share of $110,000, he now has earnings of $224,694.

“Mike Smith, he’s the man,” said Wong, who has become a perennial leading trainer at Golden Gate. “You can’t get a better rider…(Our Silver Oak) is best as a turf runner, especially being by Unusual Heat, he’s bred up and down for grass.  He is just a really cool horse. I am very grateful for everyone who gave me the opportunity to train him and Mike Smith for the great ride.”

Irish Heatwave, who appeared to very keen up the backside, just missed in a big effort and finished three quarters of a length in front of Lieutenant Dan for the place. The second choice at 3-1, Irish Heatwave, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux, paid $3.60 and $2.80.

Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Lieutenant Dan pressed the pace throughout and finished a half length better than longshot Prodigal Son. Off at 4-1, Lieutenant Dan paid 3.20 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.63, 48.03, 1:12.69 and 1:37.54.

ENGLISH-BRED SIMPLY BREATHLESS RALLIES TO IMPRESSIVE 1 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 WILSHIRE STAKES AS PRAT & DRYSDALE TEAM FOR MILE WIN IN 1:35.50

 ENGLISH-BRED SIMPLY BREATHLESS RALLIES TO IMPRESSIVE 1 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $100,000 WILSHIRE STAKES AS PRAT & DRYSDALE TEAM FOR MILE WIN IN 1:35.50 

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2019)–Under a tremendous ride from Flavien Prat, English-bred Simply Breathless saved ground early en route to an impressive 1 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Simply Breathless, who came off an impressive minor stakes win at Golden Gate Fields in her U.S. debut April 27, got a flat mile on grass in 1:35.50.

Unhurried early, Simply Breathless hugged the rail while seventh in a field of 10 sophomore fillies heading into the Club House turn and remained at the fence until the top of the lane, where she wheeled four-deep and put up a stirring rally to win with her ears pricked.

“She’s a very talented filly, she was the right horse to beat today,” said Prat, who also rode her to victory in the Golden Poppy Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Golden Gate.  “She traveled well the whole race. We had to be patient around the turn, but once she out clear, she gave us a good kick.

“Since it rained rained here the past few days, it helped make the track softer so it was good for her running on a familiar surface. She probably won’t mind going a (longer) distance.”

Off at 5-1, Simply Breathless paid $12.20, $5.40 and $3.80.

Owned by Cloros Bloodstock, Simply Breathless, who was making her first graded or group appearance, improved her overall mark to 15-6-2-4. The winner’s share of $60,000, put her earnings at $161,963.

“She’s by a horse named Bated Breath, who’s becoming a hot sire in England,” said Drysdale. “He had another winner today at Ascot and he’s had three over there this week. I think she ran better today than she did up at Golden Gate. She’s getting the hang of it…On to Del Mar.”

The second choice at 5-2, Ollie’s Candy was second behind pacesetter Ippodamia’s Girl turning for home, but proved second best, finishing a neck in front of favored Storm the Hill while paying $4.60 and $3.20.

Off at 5-2 with Rafael Bejarano, Storm the Hill finished a head in front of Ippodamia’s Girl and paid $2.80 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.30, 46.56, 1:10.59 and 1:23.18

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, June 22
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $42,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Starter Allowance – $25,000 $46,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Dream of Summer S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $25,000 $35,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Snow Chief S. $200,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $65,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Wilshire S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $65,000 Overnight Overnight

 

BARN NOTES FROM SANTA ANITA

  • HALL OF FAME JOCKEYS AT FUNDRAISER TOMORROW 
  • BALTAS: THREE FOR THE MONEY IN GRADE III WILSHIRE
  • TRAINING LEADER O’NEILL HAS TRIO FOR SNOW CHIEF
  • CAUSEFORCOMMOTION TAKES ON MALES IN SAN JUAN
  • BOMBARD RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S AMERICAN STAKES

HALL OF FAME RIDERS HONOR PEERS AT TOMORROW’S FUNDRAISER

Fifteen Hall of Fame riders are expected to attend the sixth annual Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser benefitting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund at Santa Anita tomorrow. They will be here to honor the seven permanently disabled riders who attend, mix and mingle with attendees, and sign autographs.

Braulio Baeza, Steve Cauthen, Kent Desormeaux, Victor Espinoza, Pat Day, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Donald Pierce, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Alex Solis, Mike Smith, Bobby Ussery and Jorge Velasquez are scheduled to be on hand.

There will be a free autograph signing from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Paddock Gardens area and a free Silent Auction for all on-track fans from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. adjacent to the autograph signing area.

Tickets starting at $65 are on sale at https://www.santaanita.com. Walk-up tickets will be available. It includes a Chandelier Room party during the races featuring a buffet and a specialty drink.

Fans can also participate in an on line auction for valuable memorabilia at this website link: https://www.32auctions.com

For more information contact Jockeys and Jeans VP Marketing Eddie Donnally at (818) 653-3711 edjockeysandjeansy@gmail.com or Alexis Garske, Santa Anita Media Relations at Alexis.Garske@santaanita.com (626) 574-6413

BUSINESS BOOMING FOR STAKES LEADER BALTAS

Richard Baltas, the runaway leader in stakes victories at the spring portion of Santa Anita’s meet that concludes Sunday, hopes to add to his six wins in that category Saturday when he sends out three in the Grade III Wilshire Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at one mile on turf.

They are A Little Bit Me, Gliding By and Tapped. Baltas leads runner-up Phil D’Amato in stakes wins, 6-3; is second to Doug O’Neill in overall victories, 23-18; and leads all trainers in purse money won with $1,249,809.

A Little Bit Me captured a turf stakes sprinting at Churchill Downs on May 2 at 24-1; Gliding By also won a turf sprint, albeit an overnight event at Santa Anita April 26; while Tapped returns to turf after prompting the pace in the Grade II Santa Maria June 1 before finishing fifth.

“A Little Bit Me is coming off a five furlong stakes win and she’s ready to go, although I don’t know if a mile is the right distance, but I think it’s in her wheelhouse,” Baltas said.  “Gliding By has been training very well, and Tapped is OK, too.

“Things have gone pretty well for us this meet, being second in wins and leading in money. We have a lot of business right now. I just have to continue to work hard, do the right thing, and hopefully we’ll continue to keep things going and we’ll have a bright future.”

The Wilshire, race eight with a 1 p.m. first post time:

Ollie’s Candy, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1;

Storm the Hill, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2;

Simply Breathless, Flavien Prat, 6-1;

Poster Girl, Evin Roman, 12-1;

Meal Ticket, Mike Smith, 8-1;

Achira, Martin Garcia, 20-1;

Gliding By, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1;

Don’t Blame Judy, Victor Espinoza, 20-1;

Ippodamia’s Girl, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1;

A Little Bit Me, Geovanni Franco, 6-1

Tapped, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1.

O’NEILL HAS THREE IN QUEST OF SNOW CHIEF UPSET

Doug O’Neill could add to his training lead Saturday with a victory in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes in which he has three morning-line longshots entered in the nine furlong turf race for California-bred or sired three-year-olds: Carnivorous, Oliver and  Prodigal Son.

Currently five in front of runner-up Richard Baltas in victories, 23-18, O’Neill is in good standing for back-to-back training titles at Santa Anita, having won the winter meet.

“I like Prodigal Son going two turns,” said O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora. “He acts and trains like that’s what he really wants. I don’t have as much confidence in Carnivorous, but I think he’ll do all right. Oliver is doing really well, so all of them have a chance.

“We’re very pleased with how the meet has gone for us.”

The Snow Chief:

Our Silver Oak, Mike Smith, 5-2;

Oliver, Martin Garcia, 20-1;

Prodigal Son, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1;

Irish Heatwave, Kent Desormeaux 3-1;

Carnivorous, Abel Cedillo, 12-1;

Appreciated, Aaron Gryder, 15-1;

Desmond Doss, Joe Talamo, 4-1;

Mobou, Victor Espinoza, 15-1

 Lieutenant Dan, Geovanni Franco, 3-1.

CAUSEFORCOMMOTION FACES MALES IN QUICK TURNAROUND

Eric Kruljac is trying something new with Causeforcommotion in Sunday’s Grade III San Juan Capistrano Stakes for three-year-olds and up at about 1 ¾ miles on turf: the five-year-old mare will be making her third stakes start in six weeks and be running against males for the first time in her 18-race career.

“It’s a marathon and it’s her specialty,” said the trainer, who saddled her to win the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes by nine lengths at a mile and a half on grass May 11. As for facing males, Kruljac allowed as to how it may not be the most macho members of the species.

“If she runs the way she did in the Santa Barbara, she’ll be tough to beat,” he said.

Causeforcommotion came back two weeks after the Santa Barbara to run in the Grade I Gamely May 27, prompting the pace before finishing eighth behind monster mare Vasilika.

Kruljac was inclined to shrug that off with, “She just didn’t like Vasilika blowing by her.”

The San Juan, race eight:

Mongolian Groom, Mario Gutierrez, 7-2;

Ground Attack, Tiago Pereira, 20-1;

Ya Gotta Wanna, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 3-1;

Acclimate, Martin Garcia, 8-1;

Original Intent, Ruben Fuentez, 30-1;

Causeforcommotion, Geovanni Franco, 2-1;

Red King, Aaron Gryder, 8-1;

Oscar Dominguez, Flavien Prat, 7-2.

BOMBARD IS BACK SUNDAY IN COMPETITIVE AMERICAN STAKES

Bombard returns to the races after an absence of 11 months Sunday in the Grade III American Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile on turf. With seven entrees, three of them supplemental at a cost of $2,000 each, it’s a relatively salty lineup.

“I wish I had an easier spot, but I don’t,” said Richard Mandella, who trains the six-year-old War Front gelding who was out for an extended period after having a chip removed from a knee following his second by a head in the Wickerr Stakes last July 22 at Del Mar.

The American, race five: supplemental nominee

Tartini, Iggy Puglisi, 30-1;

Sharp Samurai, Victor Espinoza, 2-1;

Snazzy Dresser, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1;

supplementalnominee Law Abidin Citizen,

Tiago Pereira, 5-1;

Bombard, Flavien Prat, 4-1;

supplementalnominee River Boyne, Kent Desormeaux, 8-5;

Majestic Eagle, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1.

PROMISING NOLDE RALLIES TO TAKE $67,000 FRIDAY’S SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH AS ESPINOZA AND SHIRREFFS TEAM FOR ONE MILE TURF WIN IN 1.38.10

PROMISING NOLDE RALLIES TO TAKE $67,000 FRIDAY’S SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH AS ESPINOZA AND SHIRREFFS TEAM FOR ONE MILE TURF WIN IN 1.38.10

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 21, 2019)–A different horse on grass, Jerry Moss’ promising homebred Nolde overcame a stumble at the break to take Friday’s $67,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by three quarters of a length under Victor Espinoza. A 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile, Nolde got one mile on turf in 1:38.10.

“He’s a very powerful horse,” said Espinoza, who would go on to bag his third win of the day two races later.  “When he pushed off at the start, his hind end slipped a little, so I left him alone and let him get into his stride. He was able to recover and we were cruising behind those two horses (eventual runner-up Contagion and last place finisher Tikkun Olam). He finished really strong.”

An attentive third into the Club House turn and up the backstretch, Nolde tackled Contagion when they straightened up for home and won in game fashion.

A 3 ¼ length maiden special weight winner in his first try on turf May 3, Nolde was off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of seven sophomores and paid $4.60, $3.20 and $2.40.

“He’s good on the turf and he’s a 3-year-old,” said Shirreffs, who intimated the horse could be considered for the opening day Oceanside Stakes going one mile on turf at Del Mar July 17.

Out of the Dixie Union mare Sister Moon, Nolde is now 6-2-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $40,200, he has earnings of $97,490.

Ridden by Southern California newcomer Abel Cedillo, Contagion made all the early running and finished second by 1 ¼ lengths over French-bred Proud Pedro. Off at 13-1, Contagion paid $10.40 and $5.00.

The second choice at 8-5, Proud Pedro, ridden by Flavien Prat, was away slowly and rallied from mid-pack to be third while paying $2.20 to show.

Fractions on the race were 24.50, 49.40, 1:14.25 and 1:26.31.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Friday, June 21
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $75,000 $46,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $65,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $65,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Allowance Optional Claiming – $20,000 $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $42,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $67,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $43,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $42,000 Overnight Overnight



Final Entries

Sunday, June 23
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $50,000 $43,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $65,000
Race 3 Siren Lure S. $75,000
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $65,000
Race 5 American S. $100,000
Race 6 Melair S. $200,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $65,000
Race 8 San Juan Capistrano S. $100,000
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $67,000
Race 10 Maiden Special Weight $65,000